Patriots Crowned Super Bowl LI Winners
February 9, 2017
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On February 5, 2017, the New England Patriots competed against the Atlanta Falcons, a well-coached team led by the 2016-2017 regular season MVP, Matt Ryan, in one of the most exciting and historic super bowls of all time. The Patriots, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, completed one of the greatest comebacks of all time.
Matt Ryan and his offense got off to an astonishing start to the game, leading the Patriots 21-3 by the end of the first half. The Falcon’s run game could not be stopped as Devonta Freeman led the team with 75 yards rushing and a first half touchdown. The dynamic receiving core was out-performing the young Patriot’s secondary, adding one receiving touchdown in the first half by rookie tight end Austin Hooper.
The second half didn’t start the way the Patriots had hoped as the Falcons added another touchdown to make their lead 28-3. Six minutes later, the Patriots added their first touchdown courtesy of James White, who later added 2 more touchdowns, one being the game winner.
Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots rallied back to complete one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The patriots scored 19 unanswered points in the 4th quarter, consisting of 2 touchdowns, two 2-point conversions, and a field goal to tie the game at 28-28 and force the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
Five minutes into the overtime period, Tom Brady pitched the ball to the speedy running back James White to complete a 25 point comeback and win the Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick added a fifth ring to their collection, and Tom Brady added his fourth Super Bowl MVP. The future Hall of Famer – and arguably the best quarterback of all time – became the only quarterback to win five Super Bowls, and he did so in spectacular fashion.